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My America the Beautiful

Now is my favorite time of year. It’s summertime, hot, beautiful weather, the opportunity to be outside and enjoy the beauty that God has given us. This time of year also gives me time to reflect on another great gift the Lord has given us, this glorious country of ours. We have so many things to be grateful for in this country, too many to count here.  Though I may let a few pieces of gratitude fly, much of it we owe to the blessings God has bestowed on us.

Many do not know this about the Mormon faith but the LDS people like myself attribute the ability of the Lord to establish His gospel in this last dispensation to the United States Constitution. Though God, as we know, can do anything he wants, to have a nation that allowed religious freedom at such a pivotal point was a beautiful boon to the cause of the restoration. Also, we believe that the founding fathers were God-inspired men who were given a measure of His spirit so they could have the foresight to see what it was that would provide for the long term freedoms we enjoy, which opened the way for the revelations of the Lord to Joseph Smith.

Also, I would be completely remiss if I did not add a word or two on the sacrifices made by those who defend the inalienable human rights. My father is serving in the military, and I have a few other close family members who have chosen the same route. I can tell you the truth that it is a sacrifice to be in their line of work, for all the GI bills and ribbons and honor that we give to the men and women that serve us in that way, there is no way to repay the kindness or compensate for the sacrifices that they make, because it is unquantifiable. No matter what our political persuasion is, that truth stands firm.

I was reading some from Thomas Paine in Common Sense the other day and I found a statement of his that struck me, ”Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are build upon the ruins of the bowers paradise.”  I think of all the garments available to cover our lost innocence I would choose the ideal of the U.S. Constitution. The statement also got me thinking about the point that it is because we as a society are unable to check ourselves that we need the steady hand of a balanced government to heal societal ills as they come up. Since we live in a fallen world, a world without man-made government will have to be an ideal rather than a reality, at least until the rightful ruler of this world comes to take his rightful throne.

I Love this country for the freedoms it provides me, not the least of which is that we can “claim the privilege to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege.” My prayer and testimony, this patriotic time of year, is that I might govern myself a little more and expect a little less of that governance to come from my beloved man-made, but God-inspired country. “God mend thy every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self control, Thy liberty in law.”



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1 Comment about "My America the Beautiful"

said this on 02 Aug 2008 2:00:48 PM CDT
Thanks for the great reminder! I too love this country and with its God-given liberties and responsibilities. During this election year, too many are so focused on the liberties that we enjoy, that they sometimes forget about the responsibilities that each of us has to maintain this great country. We must vote, volunteer, write to representatives, attend caucuses, support our military and public servants, obey the law, and teach our children to love and respect America as well.

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